In today’s post-covid world, many people are more commonly seeking out healthy options and maintaining a work-life balance, while still pursuing their professional goals. This has led to a growing interest in wellness-centered events that focus on mindfulness, self-care, and personal development. In regards to conferences and other professional events, integrating wellness into the agenda can be a great way to help attendees recharge and refocus, and leave feeling refreshed and inspired. Here are 18 wellness-centric event ideas to incorporate into your next conference:
#1 – Mindful Eating
The first and most obvious place to incorporate wellness into your conference is by offering healthy food options. Vegetarian meals, healthy snacks during breaks, an organic kombucha bar are a few easy ways to get started.
#2 – Alcohol Free
Along with healthy food options are also healthy drink options. The social sober movement has definitely caught on with more and more people opting to stay alcohol free, even in business and social situations like a conference reception. Offering no-buzz craft mocktails is a great way to provide this option for your guests while still making them welcome and part of the festivities.
#3 – Wellness-Themed Gift Bags
Wellness focused gift bags are a great way to set the tone and intention for the event. Welcome your guests and attendees with gift bags filled with wellness items, such as yoga mats, essential oils, and healthy snacks.
#4 – Yoga Classes
Yoga is pretty ubiquitous these days, and for good reason – it’s really healthy and relaxing. Building in opportunities for a break to stretch and strengthen the body, while also promoting mindfulness and relaxation, will have your guests nama-staying engaged with your event.
#5 – Meditation Sessions
Meditation is super trendy right now and along the lines of guided yoga sessions during an event, adding in guided meditation sessions led by a certified meditation instructor will help attendees reduce stress and improve focus.
#6 – Breathwork Workshops
Keep the classes coming and incorporate breathing techniques sessions. These are so powerful because they can help attendees calm their minds and bodies, and reduce anxiety and stress.
#7 – Sound Baths
This sounds pretty granola, and when you watch people ‘sound bathing’, it looks a little silly. But truth be told it’s so relaxing, and an amazing reset button. It’s also very easy to accommodate, and a very inexpensive class to offer.
#8 – Free Massages
I mean – who doesn’t love a free massage. Setting up a massage station for attendees to relax and unwind during breaks, is always a big hit at any event.
#9 – Aromatherapy
We love this idea, as it’s proven to be beneficial and such a fun, simple and inexpensive way of creating a more immersive atmosphere at your event. We love to use different scented essential oils in different breakout rooms to set the atmosphere for each speaker or session, some are more uplifting, while some are more relaxing.
#10 – Nature Walks & Walking Meetings
We love any opportunity to ‘change it up’ and get people outside during a conference, so we have blended this option. Where possible, small group sessions held outside in a nice comfortable environment are really a nice change of pace for attendees. Where this isn’t possible, simply offering an outdoor walk as a social or networking activity is also a great icebreaker and way of incorporating more wellness into your program.
#11 – Wellness Lounges
We couldn’t resist adding in this last wellness tip, but because the concept is a bit more robust there are added costs where the others above really don’t or are fairly nominal. So where budgets permit, the addition of a designated wellness lounge is just a fantastic way of making wellness a more central and integral focus of your event. Setting up relaxation areas with comfortable seating, calming music, and healthy snacks to provide attendees with a place to recharge and unwind, really helps immerse attendees into holistic living, and helps set a tone of calm and inter-connection at your event.
Incorporating these wellness-centered event ideas into your next conference can help create a more well-rounded and fulfilling experience for attendees. By prioritizing mental and physical health, you can help attendees stay energized, focused, and motivated throughout the event, and leave feeling inspired and refreshed.
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